Kentucky Derby Winner Funny Cide Coming to the Kentucky Horse Park
Second Derby Winner to Take Up Residence at the Park this Year
Funny Cide was warmly welcomed, in the bitter cold weather, to the Hall of Champions on Friday December 5, 2008. Here are some of the photos and videos from the event.
Video - Funny Cide Arrives at the Horse Park
Video - Funny Cide: Fan Favorite
Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner, Funny Cide, joined the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions on December 5, 2008. He is one of two Kentucky Derby winners in the barn, along with 1994-winner, Go For Gin.
Funny Cide (Distorted Humor Belle's Good Cide, by Slewacide) was bred by William Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm in a collaborative venture with McMahon Thoroughbreds of Saratoga Springs, New York where he was foaled, raised and then sold as a yearling for $22,000 at the August 2001 Fasig-Tipton NY Bred Preferred Yearlings Sale. He was later purchased privately as a two-year old by Sackatoga Stable for $75,000. For them he went on to earn $3,529,412 and an Eclipse Award as Champion Three-Year-Old Colt, becoming the highest-earning New York-bred in history for trainer Barclay Tagg, under Jose Santos. His nine stakes wins also included the prestigious Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1).
WinStar Farm's President, Doug Cauthen, said, "Funny Cide helped put WinStar Farm on the map, because he proved we could breed a top horse, and that we were willing to sell our best to promote our stallions. He was the first classic winner for his sire Distorted Humor, who is the foundation stallion at WinStar Farm, and who has proven to be one of the top sires in the world. Watching Funny Cide win the Kentucky Derby was a surreal moment, and a game-changing event for WinStar Farm. We owe him big!"
Funny Cide has his own website, FunnyCide.com, and a fan club.
Racing photo of Funny Cide by Barbara Livingston, Saratoga, NY